Super Bowl Snacks: Primal Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

First off, I know this isn’t the sexiest picture you’ve ever seen. But please understand something: I used cheese because it’s for the Super Bowl. For a celebration. So don’t go crapping yourself and hating me for not being strict paleo. Hatred is very unattractive. Also, I had to look up exactly what a football looks like, since I haven’t held one since high school. So my decoration skills are limited. Not only by my poor lack of knowledge when it comes to football, but for my lack of design abilities thanks to my paleo tools. Avocado is a b*tch when it comes to sexy decorating.

Moving on.

Is anyone else getting lots of spam on their instagrams? I swear I get multiple random comments for every picture I post. Just completely random ones like, ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Cute puppy’. I know it may not seem like spam, but no where does it say my birthday and my deviled eggs aren’t puppies. There’s been even more strange ones that I’ve had to erase. Is this happening to anyone else? I’m super confused.

So I went to a shoe repair store yesterday. I’m not sure why, but it made me feel like a grown up. I had to get some wedges repaired for my trip to Vegas. I bought some shoes from Steve Madden and they just don’t grip quite tight enough on the back of the shoe. So I did the grown up thing and went straight to a cobbler. That’s what it’s called, right? I like that name better than shoe repair, anyways. I think the best thing I’ve done for myself this year is found a great tailor and cobbler. I get all my clothes and shoes tailored to what I need, instead of what society says should fit. It’s genius.

Are you excited about the Super Bowl yet? I mean, I’ve posted 3 delicious recipe so far that you can make on game day. Ew, I hate the term game day. Not sure why, I just do. Anywho, if these 3 recipes were enough, don’t worry. I’m going to have a post tomorrow with about 50 game day paleo/primal recipes. You’re going to be swimming in paleo finger food this Sunday. I, on the other hand, will be moving and waiting for the cable guy to show up. Just got a new tv the other day and I don’t really know what to do with it. I’ve honestly never bought a tv. My roommate, Laura, has always had one for us while we lived together in college and then lived together after college. It’s about 50 years old, so I think it will be laid to rest when we move out. So now I have this new tv and it does cool things. Like smart TV and wi-fi. I don’t really know what that means, so hopefully the cable guy can explain things. Moving is nerve racking when you still live in the 20th century, like me. I’m an old soul.


Super Bowl Snacks: Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

  • Yield: 3-6 1x


  • 3 small, round sweet potatoes or yams
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced (I used a rotisserie chicken and chopped it up)
  • 1/4 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 11.5 cups hot sauce (I used Frank’s Hot Sauce) – depending how spicy you want yours. I used 1.5 cups
  • 3 tablespoons blue cheese (not paleo, but a primal option. it will be fine without it)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded raw cheddar cheese (I used Kerrygold cheese- again this is optional)
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes onto a baking sheet. Brush potatoes liberally with melted coconut oil. Use a fork to poke holes in each sweet potato.
  3. Place in oven and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Check at 45 minutes to see if they are soft when you squeeze them. Then remove from oven.
  4. Let the sweet potatoes cool for about 30 minutes. While the sweet potatoes cool, place 4 pieces of bacon on a rimmed baking sheet and into the oven for 10-15 minutes or until completely cooked. Remove from oven and dice into small pieces. Then preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Once sweet potatoes are cool to touch, cut each one in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the most of the sweet potato with a spoon, leaving a layer above the skin. Place half of the sweet potato mash into a medium bowl. (I ate the other half with breakfast, so keep for leftovers)
  6. Now using the bacon fat that has been left behind from cooking, brush each sweet potato skin with bacon fat (you could also use coconut oil here). Place in the oven, skin-side up, for 5 minutes. Then flip, brush with bacon fat, and place in the oven for 5 more minutes.
  7. While the skins finish baking, in the medium bowl containing half of the sweet potato mash, add chicken, onion, garlic, hot sauce, blue cheese (optional), diced bacon, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  8. Remove the sweet potato skins from the oven and fill each half with the chicken mixture. Smooth out the top and sprinkle generously with shredded cheese.
  9. Place back in the oven once more for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese begins to slightly bubble. Then let cool for 5 minutes.
  10. Lastly, place avocado, lime, lemon, cumin and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add mixture to a ziploc bag, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag, then decorate the sweet potato skins however you see fit. I made a football. Kind of. You get the point.
  11. Serve right away!

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25 thoughts on “Super Bowl Snacks: Primal Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins”

  1. This would even be a great dinner option! I’ll make your bacon jalapeno deviled eggs for our friend’s super bowl party and then I’ll make these for dinner some time =). Can’t wait to try them!

  2. Cobbler….Lol! I know that is what they are called but I almost choked on my lunch when I read that. It just sounds funny for no apparent reason. So excited for your new book 🙂 These look yummy BTW!

  3. You are too funny. I couldn’t wait to read your blog and recipe that goes along with the picture on FB. They look great and am looking forward to trying this one out.

  4. I can’t turn down cheese, so… Yes. These will be made. & I think the footballs are super cute, fwiw.

    Also, I’m SO glad someone else around my age doesn’t care that they still live in the 20th century. There’s so much technology to keep up with these days, & ain’t nobody got time for all that! Ok, some people do, but I don’t!

  5. JB…You MUST be stopped!!!! Too much goodness. I have literally made the smokey and spicy candied cashews 3 times and the hubster and I cannot.stop.eating.them. SO BOMB!!!

    Every recipe is amazeballs. We are having your turkey twice-baked sweet potatoes for dinner tonight, and the thought of it is the only thing getting me through the day!!!

    Love me some food and love me some JB blog/recipes! Good luck with the new place.

  6. You create such amazing things. We may endorse opposing teams due to our geographic affiliations (go Hawks!), but I can assure you we will be eating the same primal friendly, cheesy goodness.

  7. My boyfriend just made these and they turned out great! made the avocado sauce a little different- avocado creamy horse radish lime salt. BF is making these for his friends for superbowl. Easy enough that he can make them himself lol

  8. Juli, I have been so paranoid that you were getting spammed by me. 🙁 Whenever you (me) comment on instagram via your (my) computer, that comment goes somewhere random on instagram! It’s the worst! I am only commenting via my phone these days. P.S. This actually looks really delicious to me

  9. This recipe is awesome especially if you like sweet potatoes! Made them last night and my family loved them!! You can prepare much of the ingredients ahead of time to save steps!

  10. So yummy!!!! Thanks for a great recipe. I had leftover filling and that is gonna be my snack after I work out tonight.

  11. Completely awesome recipe! Made these along with your spinach and artichoke dip, and sweet potato chips for the game last night. They were all a huge hit (even if the game wasn’t)!!!

  12. Of course… how could sweeties, bacon, chicken, blue cheese, and avocado NOT be fabuloso together? Yumster.

    The Bowl is over, but this is going to be a special treat for my family one of those days that I have the time it takes to empty out a yammie, mix stuff up, and put it back in… maybe once they’re off to college (umm, 8, 9 years from now?)

    I love a sweet potato lover!

  13. Since discovering your website, I have become a bit obsessed…everything I’ve tried has turned out so delicious! I made these potato skins for SuperBowl, and they were amazing!!! Thank you for creating healthy food that tastes so good!!

  14. This seems like a recipe you could adapt for a crowd. Looking to make “potato skins” for a large (100) crowd that I can make ahead, then just reheat. This seems like it would work – have you tried? Perhaps I would skip the bacon and chicken — a bit more costly and there will be other meats on the table. But do more of a herby sweet potato.

  15. My dude is apprehensive about sweet potatoes so we made this recipe with a combo of sweet and regular potatoes.The regular potatoes actually seemed to hold up a bit better without wrinkling/flattening. All were amazing regardless.. anddd he just asked if we could eat these every day.

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